Benefiting economically from one of the world’s biggest natural deep-water harbors, Freetown serves as the capital city for the Republic of Sierra Leone. The country borders the West African coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean while its capital boasts the oldest university in West Africa, namely Fourah Bay College which was founded in 1827.
Including neighboring areas, Freetown contains 35 square miles (91 square kilometers) according to Demographia. Approximately 1.1 million people live within that land area in 2015.
At the country level, Sierra Leone’s population is home to an estimated six million residents living over 27,653 square miles (71,620 square kilometers) as of July 2016.
Capital Facts for Freetown, Sierra Leone: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, John Obey Beach, Sierra Leone National Museum, National Railway Museum, St George’s cathedral and the King’s Gate
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Freetown, Sierra Leone:
- Eunice Barber, Olympic heptathlon champion (born Nov. 17, 1974)
- Kiza Deen, soap opera actress (born Nov. 14, 1988)
- Abdul Kamara, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 27, 1989)
- Cy Fergusson, actor (born Dec. 16, 1979)
- Daddy Saj, rapper (born 1978)
- Nathaniel Chalobah, soccer player/footballer (born Dec. 12, 1994)
- Sorious Samura, writer & director (born Oct. 27, 1963)
- Albert Foday , soccer player/footballer (born Apr. 27, 1985)
- Jeillo Edwards, actress (born Sep. 23, 1942)
- Josephus Conteh, social media star (born Nov. 18, 1997)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Nation-level demonym for a Freetown resident: Sierra Leonean
Population: 1,070,000 (Freetown)
Density: 30,571 people per square mile (11,804 per square kilometer)
Population: 6,018,888 (Sierra Leone)
Density: 218 people per square mile (84 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$9.966 billion in 2015 (for Sierra Leone, per the CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $1,600
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Freetown were unavailable.
Official currency used in Freetown: Sierra Leone leone
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 4, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, Africa: Sierra Leone. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on January 4, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 4, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 4, 2017
Embassy of the United States (Freetown, Sierra Leone) , Sierra Leone Web. Accessed on January 4, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 4, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Freetown. Accessed on January 4, 2017
Wikipedia, Sierra Leone. Accessed on January 4, 2017
Population density is higher within Sierra Leone’s capital city with an average 30,600 residents per square mile (11,800 per square kilometer).
At the country level, population density drops significantly to 218 Sierra Leoneans per square mile (84 per square kilometer).
Sierra Leone broke away from the United Kingdom on April 27, 1961. Residents celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each April 27.